The coach dramatically saved the artistic swimmer who passed out in the pool at the World Cup

Anita Alvarez, who received immediate medical attention, felt much better on Thursday.

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BUDAPEST, Hungary — Andrea Fuentes averted tragedy at the World Swimming Championships with her quick response.

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The US coach knew something was wrong when she saw artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez sink motionless to the bottom of the pool during a singles free skate on Wednesday.

Fully dressed, Fuentes dived. She swam up to the unconscious Alvarez, hugged her and lifted her to the surface of the water, where another person helped her out of the pool.

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Alvarez, a two-time Olympic champion, collapsed.

Anita Alvarez Of The United States Is Lifted From The Bottom Of The Pool By A Team Member After An Incident During The Women'S Free Swimming Finals Of The 2022 World Aquatics Championships Budapest At The Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex In Budapest, June 22, 2022.  (Photo By Oli Scarf/Afp)
Anita Alvarez of the United States is lifted from the bottom of the pool by a team member after an incident during the women’s free swimming finals of the 2022 World Aquatics Championships Budapest at the Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex in Budapest, June 22, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARF/AFP)

“It was her best performance, she just went beyond her limits and found them,” Fuentes joked.

Alvarez, who received immediate medical attention, felt much better on Thursday.

“Anita has been examined by medical personnel and will continue to be monitored. She is feeling much better and is using today to relax,” USA Artistic Swim said in a statement.

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“Watching two-time Olympian Anita Alvarez’s emergency medical treatment yesterday and subsequent rescue by coach Andrea Fuentes was heartbreaking for our community. She delivered an exceptional solo performance and performed brilliantly in four preliminary and three final competitions in six days.”

Anita Alvarez Of Team Usa Is Treated By Medical Personnel After Her Women'S Solo Final Performance On Day Six Of The 2022 Budapest World Aquatics Championships At The Alfred Hajos National Aquatics Complex On June 22, 2022 In Budapest, Hungary.  (Photo By Dean Mutaropoulos/Getty Images)
Anita Alvarez of Team USA is treated by medical personnel after her women’s solo final performance on day six of the 2022 Budapest World Aquatics Championships at the Alfred Hajos National Aquatics Complex on June 22, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dean Mutaropoulos/Getty Images)

Alvarez finished seventh in the individual final on Wednesday.

“Whether or not she swims in the free skate final on Friday … will be decided by Anita and experienced medical staff,” USA Artistic Swimming said.

Anita Alvarez Of The Usa Receives Medical Attention During The Women'S Free Skate Final In Budapest On June 22, 2022.  Reuters/Lisa Leutner
Anita Alvarez of the USA receives medical attention during the women’s free skate final in Budapest on June 22, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Leutner

Fuentes also said that Alvarez is feeling much better in the Instagram post.

“The doctors checked all the vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc. are all right,” Fuentes wrote. “We sometimes forget that this happens in other endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross-country… we’ve all seen footage where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line, while others help them get there.

“Our sport is no different, it’s just that in the pool we overcome limitations and sometimes we find them.”

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